Buffalo Zoo

May 10th, 2008

Golden Tiger at the Buffalo Zoo.We started our weekend trip on Friday morning.  We went to the local zoo (Seneca Park Zoo) to get a membership.  In prepping for the trip I found that the local zoo has an agreement with several other zoos.  If you are a zoo member you can get either free or discounted admission to other zoos, nationwide.  We have a 2 year old that we are planning to take to the zoo this year, so the membership just made sense.  To top it off, our membership gets us into the Buffalo zoo and the Niagara Aquarium also.

We arrived at the zoo early afternoon, when we got through the gate we were a little surprised at all of the kids there.  They were on a field trip.  They were leaving as we got there.  There was a lot of construction at the zoo. As a result of the construction we had to do a bit of extra walking. The weather was actually pretty much perfect for our day at the zoo. It wasn’t too hot or cold.

We are talking about going back sometime after July. One of the things that was being built while we were there was a tropical exhibit. (Yeah, we were surprised that they didn’t already have one.) There were some tropical birds in the giraffe house, but only a couple.

The photo above is one of the Golden Tigers that was basically posing.  He had a couple of friends in with him, but he was the one that definitely stood out.

Next will be the Buffalo Erie botanical gardens.

Adam

Niagara Falls and More

May 9th, 2008

Part of the old Niagara Fall Powerplant

Last weekend we went away for my wife’s birthday. Originally we were planning on going to Herkimer Diamond mines, but she decided she wanted to go to Niagara Falls instead. So off we went. We planned on going to the Buffalo Zoo, the Buffalo-Erie botanical gardens, and the Niagara Aquarium.

We left on Friday morning and went to the zoo.

The above picture is part of the old Niagara Falls power plant.

More pictures from out trip, to follow.

Adam

Hot Air Balloon

April 24th, 2008

Random Hot Air BalloonThis was a pleasant surprise, I got up rather early the other morning. I was sitting at my desk and looked out the window. And this is what I saw. There was a hot air balloon floating by. I was a bit surprised, I have lived in this general area for several years and I don’t remember ever seeing a hot air balloon this far North.

What you need to keep in mind is that we live less than 5 miles from Lake Ontario. I don’t know that much about ballooning, but I would think that flying this close to the lake could be disastrous. If the wind shifts, you might find yourself over the water.

Adam

Feeding the Ducks

April 10th, 2008

American CootWe decided to take our two year old daughter to feed the ducks this past Saturday. We live about five minutes from Lake Ontario, so there is a variety of water and wetlands in the area.

We figured we would be feeding them for a while, but it was pretty much a bust. The only ducks we found were out in the bay far beyond our reach. I even tried to lure them in with bread. I couldn’t even throw the bread out far enough for them to even notice it. So we drove around for a while trying everywhere in the area that was accessible within reason. The only ducks we did see were either out of reach or inaccessible.

We stopped at a small bridge on our way home and we saw a muskrat and this duck like creature. It took me a little while to actually figure out what is was. I tried searching for “black duck with a white bill”. What I found out was that this isn’t a duck at all, it’s an American Coot, a duck like water bird. I have been an outdoors man my entire life and I don’t ever remember seeing this wonderful bird before. I hope it sticks around for a while, I want to go back and take some more pictures.

Adam

Doom and Gloom

February 21st, 2008

Snow Goose

Well, I haven’t been able to get out much lately to take pictures. So last Sunday we decided to leave a little early to drive around and see what might catch our eye. We didn’t have that much luck. It turned out to be a cloudy, gloomy, wet day. It actually started raining. The geese above were in the Irondequoit bay area. We were actually on our way back when we spotted them and decided to stop to snap some shots.

Adam

My New Niece

December 4th, 2007

Well, everyone I have a brand new niece. She was born on 11/29/07. I have setup a page here on my blog for everyone to see the pictures of her.

Lillian Elizabeth

Gallery on-line

November 19th, 2007

Well, here it is.  My first of many galleries to come.  There are 124 pictures in this gallery.  There are a variety of photos, including, sunrise, sunset, scenery, waterfalls, skyscapes, and more.  These are all low resolution images for on-line viewing purposes. 

Also, I created this blog layout using 2 of the pictures from my collection.

Let me know what you think.

Thanks,

Adam

Photo’s from the show

November 18th, 2007

Fist off I would like to thank everyone that stopped by my booth yesterday at the Cornerstone Christian Academy. My wife and sister-in-law told me there was a lot of compliments regarding my photos, Thank You.

I will be out of town again today. I am hoping to be home a bit earlier today than yesterday so I can put some of my photo’s online.

If you wish to contact me you can leave a comment on one of my posts. I will be putting up a regular contact page as soon as I have a chance (hopefully later today). I will have more later.

Thanks,
Adam

Hilton Head Island

November 13th, 2007

In December 2006, my wife’s family and our family went to Hilton Head Island for a week. There were several enjoyable things about going to Hilton Head during December such as the weather was not unbearably hot, it was off season so there were not too many people there and there were no lines trying to get into a restaurant or onto a tour boat. However, we did find that several places that would have normally been open during season were closed because it was off season. But that didn’t stop us from getting some much needed rest and relaxation. Especially in a spectacular place such as Hilton Head Island. Every day we woke up early just to see the sun rise. There is no better sunrise than that over a beach bungalow with some palm trees and the ocean waves rolling in…it was breathe taking. We went on a dolphin watch and actually caught some photos of dolphins. Believe me, that was not an easy task. Every day we combed the beach in search of the best sea shells and in hunt for the infamous sharks tooth. And, we actually found them. It was the best time ever.

Hilton Head Island South Carolina Beautiful Beach

Hilton Head Island Dolphin Watch Amazing site

The Grand Canyon Of The East

November 13th, 2007

What an amazing site! You wouldn’t believe it unless you actually saw it with you own eyes. And each turn my wife and I took, the better the view got. It truly was amazing. One end of the the Letchworth Park, also known as the Grand Canyon of the East, in New York State, is all cliffs and stunning sites. And as if that was enough, the other end of the park is beautifully covered with multiple waterfalls. The day we were there, we happened to see not one but three weddings taking place and caught a picture of the waterfalls while a wedding party was taking photos by the falls as well. Not a bad place for wedding photos! My wife and I enjoyed the photos that we were able to take while we were there but better yet we camped and we were able to go white water rafting and had a blast.

Grand Canyon of the East Letchworth State Park Beautiful Scenery in NY

Letchworth Park, Grand Canyon of the East, Beautiful Waterfall